September 1, 2016 Subject:
A five star show for 93'
1993 has some truly underrated shows.
It's useless to compare 93' to 73', totally different animals.
For 1993 in my opinion this is a five star show. Especially that extra energy and powerful solos from Jerry.
Peggy O, Ramble On Rose, Stagger Lee all have extra lengthy, flawless + strong solos from Garcia. Weir's vocals on Let it Grow shimmer, and the jam is more exploratory than explosive. That's the 93' feel, deeper exploration of songs that had seemingly grown routine. Take the Autzen Standing on The Moon as a perfect example of that.
Jerry seems healthy and present for these Rosemont Shows. The drummers are starting to integrate more percussion sounds into their rockin' moments. Grateful Dead sounded good in the Spring of 1993, despite Phil Lesh's memory in his book of low band morale, the playing still shinned strong at moments.
August 7, 2014 Subject:
Another Good 93
Personal Highlights: Peggy-O,Lazy River Road, Standing On The Moon, and Baby Blue.
March 11, 2013 Subject:
20 years done come and gone my oh my!
This three night run opened the Spring tour of 1993. This is a very solid run of shows with each concert offering something special. This night is the most solid all around, also worth checking out is the Ken Nordine Space on the 11th.
There was a renewed sense of optimism in the Dead scene around this time. After his health crisis in mid-92, Jerry returned playing and singing with newfound vigor. During the first tour after his return the band debuted their sublime rendition of Rain, by far my favorite of the Beatles covers. Then came the return of Here Comes Sunshine after an absence of nearly 20 years, causing much celebration among heads. This proved to be one of the most significant revivals in the history of the band, a classic tune that hadn't been played for more than 1200 shows. Then, in early 93, the introduction of a very strong batch of new material. Including the beautiful and haunting Days Between, the last Hunter/Garcia collaboration, and one of their finest. The needle seemed to be pointed up and the more optimistic among us hoped that maybe the bands best days were still ahead. Unfortunately the brilliant promise of this GD renaissance turned out to be a sunset color after all; and by the close of 93, it had already begun to fade.
This was my third Grateful Dead show and the first that I really enjoyed. I ate some red dragons before the show and was quite ready for the music.
They open with a fat Stranger, Jerry and Vince both tear it up on the jam, Jerry is especially fired up. Stagger Lee shows up nicely. The Same Thing finds Jerry and Bobby trading blues licks. Jerry pulls out a Peggy-O w/ sweet vocals and a particularly poignant solo. Queen Jane is the best version out there, I remember the drummers really pushing the jam and it comes through here. Great sing along Ramble on Rose, ramble on baby! Jerry busts out that fat funky tone for the jam and pushes it over the top, an all time version IMO. Take that 90s haters! This 12+ minute Let it Grow is indeed a savage. With Jerry and Vince again leading the charge, they give this tune a severe thrashing.
They open the second set w/ Vince and Jerry noodling their way into my first Eyes. Jerry sparkles. Very dynamic and bouncy w/ Jerry really nailing his solo's. Wondering where the nutthatch winters, wings a mile long... Nice to get two Wake of the Flood classics in a row. Despite being well played w good harmonies, the Way to Go is the low point of the show, thats not saying much as this is a very solid show. Only the third Lazy River Road is well played. Corrina haters be damned, this version rocks! Bobby throws a couple extra made up verses to spice things up and Phil lays down some supremely funky fills. This Corrina is all that! No kidding. A recurring theme of the GD renaissance is the pre-drums jam, a trend that reached a dizzying peak during the famous post-Terrapin jam a Deer Creek that summer. This show features a prime example as the dynamite jamming after Corrina morphs into the classic Mind Left Body Jam, the last time played. The exquisite melody sounded vaguely familiar at the time, even though I'm pretty sure I had never heard it before, my tape collection still being somewhat limited. The MLB will always remind me of those dreamy jams back in the venerable years of 73-74. Drums is above average. Jerry takes the lead in Space, first with his flute sound and then the midi 'bass'. This Wheel is among the best I've heard from any era. The hall was in ecstasy for this one, everyone blissing out and spinning like dervishes. Jerry gives Jimi lessons on Watchtower, attacking his strings like a madman. The big man gives his all on this SOTM. I remember him doing deep knee bends while belting out the final words like only he can. NFA is off the hook w/ furious jamming. A bona fide version of what had become a mundane tune. I remember thinking the NFA chant was some sort of weird slogan chanting mind control shit, but like I said, I was pretty high! lol
The Its All Over Now, Baby Blue encore is absolutely trancendent. My favorite version of this song by any band ever. As if to leave no doubt as to the special quality of this concert, Jerry says 'goodnight everybody' after the encore, the only time I heard him speak onstage.
This is one of the more solid shows of the 90s start to finish.
5 stars for perfect sbd, 4+ for show.
(I give a show 5 stars if I think it is one of the best of that year/era. Trying to compare shows from different eras is impossible, the sounds are so different it's like apples and oranges)
December 7, 2012 Subject:
The only show
I was fortunate to get a chance to see the Dead one time in my life and this was the show. Having never been to one and wearing rose colored glasses going in; this is of particular importance to me. I managed to get a bootleg some years after and I must say this is a fantastic upgrade in quality....made my night :)
June 13, 2012 Subject:
Great remaster of a good show
Thanks for the upgrade!
Really some of these Spring 93' shows have a tight and assured performance value. They might not be taking as many chances as the late 80s but the entire tour sounds better to me than most of the 1992 performance year.
The first set sounds magnificent. Stranger is just as good as ever with Jer completely present for a shredtastic solo starting things off right. Stager is tight as is Peggy O, which really has a unique sounding solo with the dark envelope effect that Jerry uses. Queen Jane, usually a "filler" song imho really takes off at this Rosemont show. Let it Grow is always a killer way to end a set and here is no exception. Really Jer is present for the entire first set.
Second set is great too, MLB Jam is a special treat. The REAL taint is the plodding Corrina, which i don't mind occasionally but here as the center jam of second set is really a snoozer. Especially after Way to Go Home and Lazy River Road, maybe could have used a classic jammer to bring this show into full fruition. But nope, we get Corrina.
I'm not a 90s basher. I love this whole March month of shows. Dean Smith shows and the Cap Center breakouts are all classics.
Solid 4 stars for what could have been 5....
Excellent sound and remaster as always!! Thanks CM!